The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (Cnooc) Uganda, the operator of the kingfisher oil field in the Albertine region, has handed over an assortment worth $10,000 (nearly Shs 34 million) in medical supplies, to Hoima district authorities to assist them in fighting cholera.
According to a statement, David Byaruhanga, the Cnooc community relations manager, said the company found it necessary to contribute to the efforts by the district to fight the cholera epidemic as part of its corporate social responsibility in the field of health.
The cholera epidemic has been ravaging through district since September last year, hurting business activities in the areas of Kyangwali along the Lake Albert shoreline, and Buseruka, among others.
The RDC, Hoima district, Isaac Kawooya, appreciated the role oil companies were playing in the development of the country. He appreciated Cnooc Uganda's CSR initiatives in the health sector, adding: "This will ensure that the communities within their area of operation live in good health."
The RDC called upon the host communities to support operations of Cnooc Uganda Limited.
The community members, through their representative, thanked Cnooc for extending a helping hand to their health center as the donation will go a long way in addressing the cholera epidemic.
Meanwhile, the company has partnered with the district on various initiatives such as the Best Performers award, where 240 candidates at primary, ordinary level and advanced level have been rewarded for exceptional performance in examinations since 2012.
Cnooc has also sponsored at least 70 students to undertake vocational skills training and petroleum studies in various trades in Hoima district and Chinese universities respectively, as part of its capacity building programme of the host communities.